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UGA SCHOOL OF LAW CONTINUES TRADITION OF PRODUCING GREAT LEADERS

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Tuesday, January 15, 2002

WRITER: Heidi Murphy, 706/542-5127, hmurphy@uga.edu CONTACT: David Shipley, 706/542-7140, shipley@uga.edu

UGA SCHOOL OF LAW CONTINUES TRADITION OF PRODUCING GREAT LEADERS

ATHENS, Ga. - Over 10 percent of those named in Georgia Trend's Most Influential Georgians list are graduates of the University of Georgia School of Law. This annual list, recently released, names 100 of the most powerful people in the state and includes 11 School of Law graduates. In addition, the Georgian of the Year, Governor Roy Barnes, is also a graduate of the law school.

School of Law Dean David Shipley says the law school is very proud of its tradition of preparing leaders for the state of Georgia. "We view it as one of our goals. The faculty takes great pride in its success in teaching future leaders. Our graduates are in leadership positions on many levels including local, state, national and international arenas. We are very proud of all of our graduates and what they have achieved," he said.

The School of Law graduates appearing in Georgia Trend's list are: James A. Blanchard, Chairman/CEO of Synovus Financial Corporation (J.D. '65); Otis Brumby, Jr., Publisher of Marietta Daily Journal (J.D. '65), George W. (Buddy) Darden, Partner of Long Aldridge & Norman (J.D. '67); Norman S. Fletcher, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia (J.D. '58); Edward T. M. Garland, Partner of Garland, Samuel & Loeb (J.D. '65); Robert S. Kahn, Chief of Staff for the Governor (J.D. '83); Keith Mason, Attorney for Long Aldridge & Norman (J.D. '85); Thomas B. Murphy, Speaker of Georgia State House of Representatives (LL.B. '49); Marion T. Pope, Presiding Judge of Georgia Court of Appeals (J.D. '53); Mark Taylor, Lieutenant Governor (J.D. '82); and Larry Walker, Majority Leader of Georgia State House of Representatives (J.D. '65).

UGA School of Law graduates currently preside over all three branches of the state government - executive, legislative and judicial.

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